Air conditioner maintenance – Ask the Expert!
Can you smell it ? Can you feel it?
Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. We had a great winter and hope you did to. We thought we’d do something different this month and bring to you the many Q&A’s we receive daily at our office about everything heating ,ventilation and air conditioning related.
so here goes…
One question we often get at our office and as technicians is how often should a furnace and air conditioner be cleaned or maintained and is there a time of the year that is better to have this service done?
A: Both furnaces and air conditioners require annual maintenance, this is mandated by the manufacturer and in the case of furnaces mandated by TSSA and CSA as part of gas fired code. there is no preferred time of the year to have a furnace maintenance done, however a reasonably warm outdoor temperature is required for a proper A/C maintenance to be performed.
5 tips entering the Air conditioner season from Troy H. (Lead technician at Advanced HVAC)
1- Replace your Furnace air filter,
A clean air filter is crucial to the operation of your air conditioner. A dirty air filter can lead to poor performance, freezing of the evaporator and premature failure of system components.
2- Make sure breaker is in the “on” position
It happens every year, we go to service calls where the homeowner has forgotten that they shut off the breaker prior to the heating season.
3-Make sure your A/C cover is removed if you have one.
4- Have a maintenance performed
At Advanced HVAC we thoroughly test the unit , including cleaning of the condenser, checking the air filter and evaporator drain
5- Make sure your furnace switch remains in the “on” position
Often we have seen furnace switches in the “off” position with typically newer home owners not realising the air conditioner requires the furnace to operate.